10/11/2010

'Don't Tax Part Time Police Gratuity', Says DUP

Those who served part time in NI's police should be treated in the same way as those who served in the Army.

Stormont First Minister and DUP party leader, Peter Robinson has repeated an earlier call for the recognition payment just announced for Reserve police officers not to be subject to tax or national insurance deductions.

He has called for these officers to be treated fairly and on the same footing as payments to the Royal Irish Regiment or those who were made redundant as a consequence of the Patten Report.

"The difference between a gratuity payment and a recognition payment is important.

"Those who served in the RUC and the Royal Irish Regiment received gratuity payments for their contribution to delivering peace and stability in Northern Ireland. That meant the money they received was not taxed at source," he explained today.
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"It is important that the Treasury does not take away from the payment which these men rightly deserve by seeking tax and National Insurance contributions.

"Representations have already been made to the Treasury with regard to this issue.

"I welcome the fact that the Conservative Government has stood by the previous government's commitment of £20m however they now also need to resolve this issue of the payment being subject to tax or national insurance."

The East Belfast MLA said they have never been recognised "therefore we want to maximise the amount being received by each officer".

"Given their service to this part of the UK, the Government should not be taking money away from the payment, especially when similar payments were not subject to such a levy." he continued.

See: 'No Tax' Call On Police Reserve Gratuity

(BMcC/KMcA)

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